What Type of Pump Works on My SWAGTRON Hoverboard, Electric Bike and Electric Scooter?

We worked hard to make sure our SWAGTRON® electric bike, electric scooter, hoverboard are not only fun, but also easy to maintain and high on convenience. That’s why our air-filled eBikes, electric scooters — even our hoverboards with air-filled tires! —are fitted with Schrader valves. They’re basically the same valves found on your car tires. It was important to us that you  had the option to simply into any gas station on your scooter or eBike, find the air pump and fill your scooter or eBike tires the same way you would your car. 

Closeup of guy using a bike pump on their bike tire.

How Much Air Should I Put in My Scooter or eBike Tires? 

The owner’s manual that came with your SWAGTRON product will tell you the optimal tire pressure. The sidewall of your tire will have a number stamped on it, and it will probably be higher than the recommended pressure in the owner’s manual. This is because the tire sidewall number states the maximum pressure the tire can handle, whereas the owner’s manual number reflects the optimal tire pressure. 

Even then, use the owner’s manual number as a guide rather than gospel. Play around with the tire pressure until you find the most comfortable ride. The air in your tires may expand on hot days, so it might pay to deflate them 2-3 PSI. If you’re on the heavier side, you might find a slightly higher PSI feels better. Just don’t stray too far from the booklet recommendation, and definitely don’t exceed the tire-sidewall number. 

Will a Bike Pump Work on My SWAGTRON eScooter or eBike? 

It might.

There are two major kinds of valves. We already mentioned the Schrader valve because it’s found in SWAGTRON products. The other common valve type is the Presta valve. Presta valves were made for street-style, thin wheel bike tires and are about half as wide as Shrader valves. They also don’t have a check-valve pin in the center like the Shrader valve. 

READ MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRESTA AND SCHRADER VALVES HERE.

If your bike pump is a Presta-only pump, it won’t fit around your tires’ Schrader valves. The good news is many modern bike pumps are made to service both kinds of valves. Included in these pumps are:

  • Twin-head pumps, which come with both a Presta and a Schrader gasket
  • Swappable-head pumps, which have an adjustable gasket that can be altered to fit either kind of valve
  • Adjustable-head pumps, which feature a head that requires no alteration. Just press firmly on either kind of valve and pump

Why Shrader Valves? Aren’t They for Cars?

Close-up of guy using gas station air pump to air-up his bicycle.

Sure. But, you know what else is for cars? Gas-station tire pumps. You know what you can find everywhere and anywhere? Gas stations.

Imagine you’re out on the road, peeling down the street on your electric scooter, all kitted out in your helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads. Suddenly, you’re unable to hit your normal impressive speeds, and the steering is a little less responsive. Sounds like you’re in need of a pump.

The likelihood of your cruising along with a bike pump strapped to your bike is low. But the odds there’s a gas station within riding distance? Pretty good.

Make sure, however, you’re not approaching the maximum pressure stated on the tire sidewall. Doing so could result in tire blow-out.

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